Blue Öyster Cult – “45th Anniversary – Live In London” CD / DVD / Blu-Ray (Frontiers Music)
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Continuing their series of special releases this year including “Hard Rock Live Cleveland 2014”, “40th Anniversary – Agents Of Fortune – Live 2016” and “iHeart Radio Theater N.Y.C. 2012” came “45th Anniversary – Live In London”, a 15 song live extravaganza recorded at the Stone Free Festival in 2017! A unique performance that saw the band perform their 1972 self-titled debut in its entirety followed by a string of classics, the full show was recorded and videotaped in 4K UHD. With the classic nucleus of Eric Bloom (Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards) and Donald ‘Buck Dharma’ Roeser (Guitar, Vocals) still at the helm after 53 years (!), the likes of ‘Then Came The Last Days Of May’ melted like butter into my skin as the soothing organ keys and serene guitars, with their fluid breaks, danced this 10 minute near instrumental into my heart effortlessly, and as the pace and guitar intensity picked up to screaming levels pounded along to by Jules Radino’s hammering drums, the generous cheers from the O2 crowd could only be matched by my own excitement. Rocking in as hard as it gets on ‘Cities On Flame With Rock And Roll’ with its immortal lines of ‘..three thousand guitars, they seem to cry, my ears will melt, and then my eyes..’, the huge grooves and funky rock n roll proved to be completely irresistible as they hooked me in, and like the audience, I was induced to roar out the chorus ‘..with rock and roll!!..’ in total possession. Although more trippy, ‘Workshop Of The Telescopes’ was still resplendent with a deep ‘n’ catchy chorus that once again took hold of me while the guitar work was nothing short of magical as it echoed the lyrics of ‘..I am a sailor on the raging depths, and I know a thing or two..’ – indeed, I was hard pressed to dispute it! ‘..oh, I think I hear something big coming this way now..’, well, no prizes for guessing as the gargantuan riffs to ‘Godzilla’ filled the Indigo arena, Radino’s pounding drums echoing and contrasted superbly the trippy hippy harmony vocals and girlie wails to this Cult classic hit. Followed by the band’s highest charting success, ‘Don’t Fear The Reaper’, with its unrelenting allure of darkly charming guitars, church organ keys, psych and rock ‘n’ roll guitar instrumentals, this 7-minute wonder made an even greater culmination to this already special show perfectly captured for posterity!